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The Dead Sea Scrolls and Their World

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2012.

This course takes a decidedly holistic approach to understanding the scrolls in the context of their times. We'll begin with an overview of the history encompassing the scrolls, ca. 200 BCE-100 CE. From there, we'll journey from the Cairo Genizah to the Judean Desert to chronicle the story of the scrolls' discovery, closing with current technologies used in scroll research. We'll also visit Qumran and the scroll caves to explore the physical environment of the texts and the people who produced many of them. The heart of the course will focus on a survey of the key sectarian texts and copies of biblical books found in the scroll corpus. We will study each text in English translation, with reference to Hebrew terms where needed. We'll also engage in the detective work of discovering the full historical and theological importance of each text, and how it contributes to our understanding of the emergence of rabbinic Judaism and Christianity. We'll close with a look at the 'cutting edge': current controversies and breakthroughs in scroll research.

Recommended texts: (all paperback) VanderKam, J. The Dead Sea Scrolls Today. 2d. ed. Eerdmans Publishing, 2010. Abegg, M., Flint, P, et al. The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible. Harper San Francisco, 2002. Vermes, G. The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English. Rev. ed. Penguin Classics, 2004.

To register at the specially-reduced Lehrhaus tuition, visit www.psr.edu/summer.


# Sessions
Date & time

July 9 - July 13
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Jul 09 9:00 AM–1:00 PM Mon PSR Jehon Grist
Jul 10 9:00 AM–1:00 PM Tue PSR Jehon Grist
Jul 11 9:00 AM–1:00 PM Wed PSR Jehon Grist
Jul 12 9:00 AM–1:00 PM Thu PSR Jehon Grist
Jul 13 9:00 AM–1:00 PM Fri PSR Jehon Grist


Pacific School of Religion at GTU

Bade Museum, Holbrook Hall

1798 Scenic Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94709-1323



Jehon Grist

Jehon GristJehon Grist, Ph.D., is Chief Operating Officer and Senior Educator of Lehrhaus Judaica. He earned his doctorate in Near Eastern Studies from UC Berkeley, where he was a Regents' Fellow. He has conducted field research in Israel, the Gaza Strip, and the Valley of the Queens in southern Egypt.